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Cable's 'Employers' Charter' incites bosses to take advantage of workers' vulnerability

Keith Ewing

3 February 2011

Keith Ewing

In the same week that the governor of the Bank of England told us inflation-adjusted wages were falling in a manner unseen since the 1920s, Vince Cable is inciting bosses to take advantage of workers’ vulnerability, by telling them in his charter that they have the right to ask their workers to take a pay cut, and to contact women on maternity leave about when they are planning to return.

Resisting Employer Attacks on Workers' Rights

3 February 2011

Keith Ewing

There is a virus sweeping British workplaces — and it’s not the flu virus. It is the virus of naked and unaccountable employer power, with employers now taking advantage of the economic crisis to make workers pay.

Unions Defending Workers: Too Much for the Guardian

22 December 2011

Keith Ewing, IER President

After the vigour and excitement of the student demonstrations against the cuts, today’s Guardian leader on proposed trade union action struck a disappointingly depressing and defeatist note. Has the Daily Mail leader writer been picked up on a free transfer? Has the cold weather affected normally sound judgment?

Every day 60 people die due to work - Health and Safety laws matter

18 October 2010

Steve Tombs and David Whyte

The authors of a new IER book, Regulatory Surrender: death, injury and the non-enforcement of law reject Lord Young’s health and safety proposals, noting they are based on little more than media myths.

Ballot Restrictions to Remain

23 October 2010

Carolyn Jones, IER Director

Despite a sucessful lobby in support of John McDonnell’s Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill, only 89 MPs turned up to support the Bill when it was discussed in Parliament on 22nd October 2010. The Bill aimed to simplify procedures around industrial action ballots and notices.

CBI attacks on Trade Union Rights Rejected

8 October 2010

Keith Ewing, IER President

On the day of last week’s Tube strike the Continuity CBI launched yet another missile in its inimitable version of the class war against working people and their organisations.

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